Anime you should watch

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SFSignal recently did a mind meld on the topic of Underrated Anime, which certainly listed some great series (RaXephon, Seirei no Moribito, Noir), and even had some that I’ve now got on my to watch list (Master Keaton, Boogie Bop Phantom, why have I not watched you?).

In the spirit of that mind meld, I thought it would be fun to share a short list of anime that in my mind should get more attention.

Noein

The first thing you’ll notice about this series is the loose/sketchy style, which really shines with the absurd fight scenes.  Great action, and a very intriguing story involving a parallel future in which beings intent on destroying everything rule the world.  But seriously, just check out this fight scene:

Kurozuka

Crazy awesome and violent fight scenes and a timeline that stretches from Feudal to future post-apocalyptic Japan.  Brought to you by Madhouse Studios, so you know the animation is top notch. The opening will make your ears bleed, so it sets the mood appropriately:

Claymore

Half demon chicks with swords.  Large swords.  Madhouse Studios continues to pump out quality work, and this is no exception (though I’ll admit they dropped the ball on the last few episodes, oh well). Available on netflix watch instantly, so go check it out (this one is also EXTREMELY bloody).

Honorable Mentions:

Basilisk – Iga clan vs Kouga clan, it’s sort of like Romeo and Juliet except it’s an all out battle royale of ninja proportions.  Warning: do not grow connected to any of the characters.

Outlaw Star – this is just a fun series that only took itself seriously when it had to, and when it did it rocked.

G Gundam – Giant robots demolishing each other in hand to hand combat, ala street fighter.  What’s not to love about that?

This list is not exhaustive in any way (and I’m going to do a follow up post with shows I did not mention here), so if you feel like there’s an anime series that’s underrated and needs some attention, let us know in the comments!

  • Dead Stuff With Big Teeth

    Hey, Kris! Followed you here from Good Show Sir. I couldn’t agree less with your Outlaw Star take, but I’m getting into Claymore via the manga and Kurozuka looks awesome! Have you ever watched Shamanic Princess or Blue Submarine #6?

    • http://kristruitt.com Kris Truitt

      Awesome! The Claymore anime does a great job adapting the manga up until about episode 20 or so (it gets to the fight in Pieta). It’s been a long time, but I’ve seen Blue Submarine #6, pretty cool OVA. I’ll have to check out Shamanic Princess, thanks.

      I plan on doing a couple more posts like this, so I can expand on the honorable mentions and showcase a few other series that are plain amazing. Thanks for the comment!